• fondation pierre arnaud lens art valais seurat hospice phare honfleur 1007

    Georges Seurat, L’hospice et le phare à Honfleur, 1886

    © Collection Inna Bazhenova / Photo: Nikolai Solin

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    Cuno Amiet, Wirtshaus in Oschwand, 1906

    © Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Schenkung des Künstlers, 1954 / Photo: SIK-ISEA Zürich (Philipp Hitz)

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    Giuseppe Pelizza da Volpedo, Miroir de la vie. Et ce que le premier fait, les autres le font aussi, 1895–98

    © GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino / Studio fotografico Gonella

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    Henri-Edmond Cross,Deux femmes nues sous un chêne-liège, 1902, Oil on canvas, 65 x 81 cm, Private collection

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    Carlo Fornara, Le vent d’Aquilon, 1902-1904, Oil on canvas, 135 x 154 cm, Private collection

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    Théo van Rysselberghe, La dame en blanc, 1904, Oil on canvas, 91.5 x 73cm Liège, Musée des beaux-arts de la Ville de Liège © François Bertin, Grandvaux

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    Cuno Amiet, La Lessive, 1904, Oil on Eternit, 95,5 × 100 cm, Private collection

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    Giovanni Giacometti, 
Diego et Ottilia, 1909, Oil on canvas, 55 × 65 cm , Private collection

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    Angello Morbelli, 
Âme en peine, Circa 1910, Oil on canvas, 45 x 34,4 cm, Tortone, Private collection, on deposit at the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Tortona © François Bertin, Grandvaux

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    Lucien Neuquelman, 
Port breton de Pornic, N.d., Oil on canvas, 54 × 65 cm, Private collection

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Divisionism

Mastery of Colour? Effusion of Colour!

December 22 , 2013 — April 22 , 2014

While the Impressionists tried to convey reality as our ‘eye’ sees it with rapid brushstrokes, Divisionist artists sought to render light by using a whole science of painting whose characteristic feature was the optical combination of colours instead of chemically mixing  pigments on the palette.

From the 1880s, artists all over Europe were inventing a new pictorial language based on the laws of optics. Using a variety of strokes, ranging from dots to daubs, filaments to commas, they juxtaposed pure colours and left it up to the eye of the viewer to re-compose the picture with all its subtleties.

The challenge facing the organizers of this ground-breaking exhibition has been to tell the story of the Divisionism’s adventure as it spread across Europe: for the first time, over a hundred French, Italian, Swiss, Dutch, German and Belgian works are exhibited side-by-side. Paintings by major artists such as Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Camille Pissarro, Gaetano Previati, Angelo Morbelli, Carlo Fornara, Giovanni Segantini, Théo Van Rysselberghe, Giovanni Giacometti and Cuno Amiet are interacting and entering in a dialogue, which highlights the movement’s multiple facets… From mastery of colour to effusion of colour.

With divisionism, the Pierre Arnaud Foundation is inaugurating its winter exhibition cycle dedicated to Swiss painting confronted with the major international artistic movements that emerged between 1800 and 1950.

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  • Trailer Divisionism n°1 - Neuquelman 8 / 11
  • Trailer Divisionism n°2 - Morbelli 9 / 11
  • Trailer Divisionism n°3 - Signac 10 / 11
  • Trailer Divisionism n°4 - Petitjean 11 / 11

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The Catalogue

The Pierre Arnaud Foundation develops a research policy that aims to highlight interesting and sometimes unusual aspects of art history and anthropology. The Foundation calls on well-known specialists to prepare its exhibitions and catalogues and sets up a specific scientific committee for each event.  

Exhibition catalogues are published in three languages: French, German and English. Produced by the Hatje/Cantz publishing house, they are distributed internationally. Designed as an iconic book-object conveying the spirit of the Pierre Arnaud Foundation, the catalogue combines high-level scientific content with a refined graphic identity and a particularly handy format. 

Divisionism. Mastery of Color? Effusion of Color! – Winter 1

Born in the eighteen-eighties, Divisionism was an artistic movement that broke away from Impressionism. Georges Seurat, its founder, and Paul Signac, its theoretician, turned away from the rapid rendering of real life as perceived by the eye in order to reconstruct it according to new principles of harmony. By juxtaposing pure and complementary colors applied directly to the canvas rather than mixed on the palette, Divisionist artists revolutionized the painting of their day and had a lasting influence on the art of the twentieth century.

In this catalogue, featuring texts by distinguished international specialists, and on the walls of its art center, the Fondation Pierre Arnaud traces this experiment with color, covering a period from 1880 to 1950.

Exhibition schedule: Fondation Pierre Arnaud, Lens, Crans-Montana, December 22, 2013–April 20, 2014

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2013. 180 x 240 mm, 296 pages, 173 illustrations. Softcover

ISBN 978-3-7757-3579-7

CHF. 39.—

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Scientific Comittee

Composed of nationally and internationally well-known specialists, the Scientific Committee advises the Pierre Arnaud Foundation’s various organs on their scientific and museological plans, more particularly regarding the conception of exhibitions and other cultural events. A specific panel is set up for each event.

  • Christophe Flubacher, Curator, Scientific Director of the Art Center
  • Prof. Dr. Annie-Paule Quinsac, Assistant Curator, well-known expert on Italian Divisionism and the painter Giovanni Segantini, New YorkProf. 
  • Dr. Frédéric Elsig, History of Art Unit, University of Geneva
  • Dr. Marco Franciolli, Director, Museo cantonale d’arte, Lugano
  • Dr. Matthias Frehner, Director, Kunstmuseum, Bern
  • Stephan Kunz, Director, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur
  • Madeleine Schuppli, Director, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
  • Dr. Dieter Schwarz, Director, Kunstmuseum, Winterthur
  • Dr. Beat Stutzer, Curator, Segantini Museum, St. Moritz
  • Dr. Christoph Vögele, Director, Kunstmuseum, Solothurn

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